Tag Archives: further education

FE Recruit a Friend

RECRUIT A FRIEND   *** WIN ANOTHER  £100 CASH **** Get a friend to JOIN the UNION and have his or her say in important pay and conditions issues affecting their job. Click here or on the graphic for the application form and email completed aplications to i.gil@unison.co.uk. That new member will receive a BALLOT PAPER in the […]



FE Q&A: Pay rise 2017 and more on annual leave

Questions and Answers???????????? An NJNC Joint Secretary’s implementation note is in draft pending final agreement. There is some discussion on the FESCOM Facebook and hopefully this document will help clarify many issues raised. What if I have left the college since 1 April 2017? The Pay Award will apply to those in post at 30th […]



Good College Governance Consultation

Colleges must be accountable to communities which they serve. Democratic structures create public bodies which are open and transparent in their dealings with the public. Even private sector organisations are required to have a level of corporate governance and openness. Colleges are public bodies and should follow the same principles as other public sector bodies. […]



Solidarity with college EIS members on strike

On behalf of UNISON Scotland and all of our members in F.E. we offer full support and solidarity to the EIS members who are taking part in continuing industrial action over the failure of Scotland’s Colleges to “honour the deal” on pay and conditions reached more than one year ago. You will recall UNISON members […]



Closing the attainment gap needs action not warm words

#stuc2017 Congress pledged to continue campaigning for proper funding for all areas of education, from early years to adult education to tackle the attainment gap. It recognised the key role of further education in widening access to higher education and will lobby the Scottish Government on college cuts and decreasing student places. Supporting the composited […]



College staff win battle for fair pay

Further education members in Scotland have won an improved pay rise after a sustained campaign including industrial action. Scottish FE college staff in administration, admissions, funding, catering, cleaning, welfare and security, as well as teaching assistants, will now receive a £450 flat rate rise for 2016-17, backdated to April 2016. This follows a months-long campaign, including […]



Strike action set to resume in Scotland’s colleges

More disruption looms for Scotland’s colleges if employers fail to give support staff a fair deal. UNISON, the trade union for college support staff, has today (Tuesday) written to Colleges Scotland Employers’ Association and Scottish Ministers to urge a fair negotiated settlement to this long running dispute. The row centres on the pay rise for […]



UNISON suspend college strike planned for Wednesday 9 November

UNISON has suspended planned strikes in colleges across Scotland in an attempt to offer Colleges Scotland (Employers Association) another opportunity to return to the negotiating table. UNISON held talks with Colleges Scotland at ACAS on 27 October and 2 November 2016, but were disappointed with the final offer. UNISON is also disappointed at the refusal of the employers to […]



Evidence to the Scottish Parliament Audit Commttee

UNISON members provide essential roles across higher and further education, these roles while often overlooked by policy makers are crucial to the functioning of education institutions and to the student experience. The Post-16 Education Act (2013) was intended to bring substantial changes to the organisation and governance of the sector. The Audit Scotland reports support […]



FE Newsletter shows strike standing firm

The strike in Further Education is standing firm. And industrial action is causing major headaches for managers and government. On Tuesday 27 September students, lecturers, and GMB stood with UNISON FE Support Workers. Across the country that classes were cancelled,nurseries closed, libraries unsupported, technology failures, health and safety concerns, additional learning needs were withdrawn and school […]